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SOUTHEAST NEWS 



PUBLISHED BY THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 

Volume 38 (actually 34), Number 3 
May 1 986 

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE 

ANNUAL MEETING—"... SO I SEND YOU" 

SOUTHERN INN, CHATTANOOGA, TN, JUNE 13-15, 1986 

Our Purpose: 

To grow in faith and community. 

To interpret our mission through faith. 

To discover how God calls us and challenges us to act in the Southeast 

Conference. 

To claim our responsibility for the world's people and its resources by faith 

through action. 

John 20:21b 

"As the Father has sent me, even so send I you." 

KEYNOTE MESSAGE: 

The Rev. Reuben Sheares, Executive Director of the UCC Office for Church Life 
and Leadership 

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY: 

3:00 PM, Friday, June 13, 1986 

Information on what it means to be a delegate to the Southeast Conference 

Annual Meeting. 

Overview of Associations and Conference. 

Review resolutions and agenda. 

PUBLICATION FOR ARTICLE BY BEEBE SET 

Dr. David Beebe, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Chattanooga, is 
one of three theologians whose articles on baptism will be published this spring 
in the first regular issue of "Prism," a theological forum for the UCC. His article is 
titled "Baptism in the Congregational Christian Churches." 



NEWS AND NOTES 

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 

Pleasant Grove Congregational Christian Church in LaFayette, Alabama, 
celebrated its 100th birthday on May 4, 1986. Our congratulations to Pleasant 
Grove Church, to Rev. Claude Shumate, the pastor, and to the members! 
(Note: If any church has any Modern Hymn song books which are not needed, 
Pleasant Grove Church would like to buy them. Write to them at Rt. 1, Box 178, 
LaFayette, AL 36862.) 

LIBERTY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 

PLANNING "ANNUAL HOMECOMING" 

All former ministers and/or ministers who went out from Liberty Congregational 

Church, UCC, are invited to attend the Annual Homecoming on June 1 , 1986. 

Special services planned for Church School Hour; all visiting ministers are asked 

to participate in the Worship Experience; "Dinner on the Grounds!"; and an 

afternoon of singing led by "The Sounds of Liberty" beginning at 2:00 p.m. 

FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, BELVIDERE, TENNESSEE- 
TOPS OGHS $5,000 GOAL! 

Congratulations to First UCC in Belvidere for going over their OGHS goal. Their 
total for the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering totaled $5,006.05. 

UPDATE ON THE CACKO FAMILY 

From the Church of the Good Shepherd in Crossville, TN, comes word of the 
progress of the Cacko family whose brief story was printed in the February issue 
of Southeast News. Zbyszeck has his driver's license and they have bought a 
car! Izabella will receive her passport in Poland by May 5, and hopes to arrive 
here in June or July. Theresa has a part-time job, and little Lukash attends 
nursery school. Zbyszeck has a temporary job, and hopes to find a permanent 
job soon. And to think they have only been in the U.S. for 4 1/2 months! 

THE REV. DR. CARL MARBURY was officially installed as pastor of First 
Congregational UCC of Montgomery, AL., on Sunday, May 4th. The Conference 
Minister preached the installation sermon. An impressive group of lay leaders 
took part in this special service on behalf of the congregation. Congratulations to 
both pastor and people, and our prayerful best wishes for a long and fruitful 
ministry together. 

CIRCULAR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH in Charleston will host a "Bon 
Voyage" party for pastor Bert Keller and his family on June 8th. The Kellers will 
be on sabbatical for a year in England while he studies and lectures at Oxford 
University (Green College). The church will be served by an interim during the 
year. 



WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT BROCHURE 

The brochure and other information on the Southeast Conference UCC Women's 
Fall Retreat will be out soon. Theme is "Jesus According to a Woman" ... Dates 
are October 10-12, 1986. Camp Calvin, Hampton, GA. Child care will be 
provided for children 8 yrs. or younger. All details will be in your hands soon! 
Save the dates! 



Spiritual Renewal 

Spiritual Renewal, a priority of the United Church of Christ voted by the 
15th General Synod, is being accepted and implemented by churches, 
conferences, and other church groups throughout the denomination. 

Dr. Reuben Sheares, II. says "While interpretations of Spiritual Renewal 
differ, we all affirm that Spiritual Renewal is about the life of the Spirit in the lives 
of individuals and in the life of the church. Relying on the guidance and power of 
the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged to continue to implement the priority as God 
gives you light." 

CONFERENCE CORNER 

One of the most significant groups at work in our Conference right now is 
shackled by the awkward name of "Area Wide Mission Strategy Task Force." The 
name may be awkward, but its work is full of grace. This dedicated group is doing 
some hard planning and futuring for the sake of our life as a Conference. 

But this Task Force needs help from every one of our churches and 
members. If they are to point the way for our future faithfulness, they need input 
from all of us. 

Please take the survey questionnaire seriously and answer it 
conscientiously. Your responses will be tallied, taken seriously and integrated 
into the final report and recommendations which will be shared in the future. 

This part of God's church which we call a Conference of the United 
Church of Christ needs to be understanding of its mission under God, be 
intentional in its dedication to the mission, and be organized in the best possible 
way to accomplish that mission. Your ideas would not just be nice— they are 
absolutely necessary to enable the Task Force to function as it should. 

So, please back up these fine people who have accepted responsibility for 
this difficult and challenging task. The Southeast Conference needs our best 
thought, our prayerful interest, and our personal commitment if we are to be what 
God in Christ calls us to be. Thank you for your participation. 

--Emmett O. Floyd 



YOUR OGHS DOLLARS AT WORK 



In the face of new disasters elsewhere, Hurricane Elena which struck 
Mississippi last year was soon forgotten by the media. Fortunately, the church 
and YOU did not forget. THANK YOU. 

By the end of 1985, $29,482 had poured into the special fund at Back Bay 
Mission, Biloxi, Miss., to bring relief to the community and to help Back Bay 
Mission recover ... 



EXCERPTS FROM THE REV. JAMES L. MYERS' 
ARTICLE ON REV. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, JR. 

"In response to the plea from besieged residents of the Alabama Black 
Belt, the Commission for Racial Justice, of the UCC, sponsored a busload of 
Freedom Riders from New York City to Alabama on Friday, Feb. 28, 1986, as 
part of the 'Freedom Riders 1986' Campaign. Stops to pick up Freedom Riders 
were made in Washington, D.C., Richmond, VA, Raleigh, NC, and Atlanta, GA. 

"According to the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Executive Director of the 
UCC Commission for Racial Justice, The Freedom Riders 1986' Campaign was 
launched to lift the veil of fear and intimidation now being imposed on the 
Western Alabama Black Belt. In 1984 and 1985, hundreds of Black residents 
were interrogated who had voted absentee ballots, in an attempt to prove alleged 
voter fraud. Many of those questioned were elderly, and only Black absentee 
ballots were investigated. 

"On their return trip to New York, the Rev. Chavis and the Freedom Riders 
stopped in Birmingham, AL, on Sunday morning, March 2, 1986, and worshipped 
at First Congregational Church, at which the Rev. James L. Myers is pastor. 

"We wish for Rev. Chavis God's continual blessings and a successful 
career in this most important office, Executive Director of the Commission for 
Racial Justice, United Church of Christ." 

--The Rev. James L. Myers 

JUST PEACE OFFERING, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 

The 15th General Synod of the United Church of Christ not only went on 
record declaring the UCC a Just Peace church, but established the all-church 
Just Peace Offering for 1986 and 1987. Most congregations will gather the Just 
Peace Offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 18. 

In order to dramatize the point that peacemaking is everyone's possibility, 
the General Synod provided a unique formula for sharing the proceeds from this 
offering. One fourth of the gifts to the all-church Just Peace Offering may be 
retained by the congregations. Another one-fourth may be used by the 
conferences in their peace-making ministries. National agencies of the UCC 
share the other one-half of the offering. 



Cost of promotional materials is deducted, and the remaining resources 
support the Peace Advocacy Network, peace advocacy in the Congress of the 
U.S., the development of new resources for peace education in our churches. 

The United Church of Christ needs your contribution to strengthen the 
justice and peace priority and to make it more effective. Please give as 
generously as you are able. 



THE SOUTHEAST NEWS 

Published by the Southeast Conference 
United Church of Christ 

P.O. Box 29883 
Atlanta, Georgia 30359 



The preceding was a transcription from the original publication, except for 

photographs and associated captions, and a registration form for the 

Conference Annual Meeting on page 2. Neither the original nor the 

transcription are copyrighted or have rights reserved; they are in the public 

domain for free use. Copies of the original may be obtained from the 

Congregational Library, Boston, Massachusetts. 

This transcription was recorded on July 22, 2013 by Mike Stroud, director 

of Project 66-16, an initiative to record, compile and write the history of the 

Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. 



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